Sequoyah-Tahlequah High School has been in front of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors multiple times over the last few years for student-athlete appeals, coaching reprimands, game forfeitures and other punishments.
But Wednesday's appearance by school officials, including superintendent Leroy Qualls, at the regular OSSAA board meeting was about laying out the clean slate ahead of them.
New administrators and some new coaches are in place as the school tries to put behind it a previous leadership that, in the words of OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley, “thought the rules didn't apply to Sequoyah-Tahlequah.”
On Wednesday, administrators presented the OSSAA board with the self-developed report on an operational audit of the school, and explained procedures now in place to educate the faculty, staff, students and parents of the OSSAA rules.
The board accepted the report and no further action was taken against the school. Sheakley told the school officials that he did “appreciate the thoroughness of the report.”
Qualls, along with new athletic director Marcus Crittenden and other administrators, have gone through to correct all of the past issues that could be fixed, so that the school is fully compliant with OSSAA rules.
“We're happy to be a part of the OSSAA,” Qualls said. “In the past, there was a defiance of working with the OSSAA, but we're very comfortable working with them now.”
BRENT SCOTT'S REINSTATEMENT TABLED
For the second straight month, former Sequoyah-Tahlequah football coach Brent Scott's appeal for reinstatement to coach in the OSSAA in 2013 was put off.